Why has the world so far failed millions of children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? A new United Nations report has laid bare the scope of the problem in the war-ravaged African nation.
The DR Congo has four million children who have lost at least one parent. The DRC finds itself a part of a troubling and tragic legacy with the UN reporting that 26 million children are growing up without parents across West and Central Africa. This is the highest number of orphans living outside of South Asia. How are these vulnerable children being helped and how has it come to this?
The UN report makes for extremely distressing reading. With the DRC in turmoil for over two decades as opposing forces battle it out for the country’s vast mineral wealth, it is the civilians, especially the young people, who bear the brunt of the devastating consequences. If the violence is not brought to an end, how will these children avoid sinking deeper into a future without hope?